Originally Posted by superdave
dont get in a hurry, what are you looking at/for? welcome to the nut house
I will attempt to make this short and to the point. I have a tendency to carry on in verbal conversations!
One of the main reasons I have joined this forum of which it is the first forum I have ever been on and I am 42 years old! Therefore I want to use this a resource to educate myself to the best of my ability.
I have to be honest I need to spend some time to learn how to use a site like this to the best of my ability. Meaning I need to learn how to search better for the knowledge that I need!
My father has been a full-time RV'r for about 4 years now. They love it and prior to that he told me that he was going to do this for about 5 years and I thought he was crazy! At one point I believe he told me that their was an estimated 1.6 million full-time RV'rs and I am sure that number has grown with the whole tiny house movement!
So going back to your original question; what am I looking for? Maybe if I begin by saying what I am going to be doing and we can go from there!
I am selling all of my stuff, moving to Florida due to the fact that is where my daughter and Ex-wife live now. For the last 4 years I have been making 8 to 9 trips a year to the Pan Handle, Fort Walton Beach to be specific. I always staid in condo's on the beach and my travels were just so expensive but I felt like that's what I should have been doing at the time.
Life has changed for me here in Indy and the fact of the matter is I cannot afford to make those trips any more and it has put a strain on my emotional level not to be around my daughter. I am single and ready to move.
I would like to turn a bus into a home for a couple of years. I will buy property and eventually build a container home on that land which has been a dream of mine for quite some time! Now I have the opportunity to do so and I would like to move forward with phase 1 of my plan.
I originally thought that I would live to have a shorter bus (28 seat capacity) since it would only be myself and the idea of being able to up and scoot to other locations would be easier. I could be wrong but it seems like the shorter bus would be more set up for people on the move and maybe that's just my perception and could be a matter of comfort level and or opinion of which I can't formulate an accurate opinion since I am new to the game.
Then I feel like logic kinda of kicked in with that I found that the shorter buses are actually more expensive than the longer buses. Now I am on the line of thought that I really would be using this for a home for quite some time and would like to have the luxury to make small trips here and there with in the state and with my daughter. Which makes me think I should get a larger bus to have the ability to create more of an inviting space for myself and then my daughter. I also need to have something long enough to accommodate the lifestyle I wish to create. I have a sit-on-top kayak and will purchase a dirt-bike once I am situated. I also have a vehicle and will need to keep one since I will have to maintain employment. As of now I have a Lexus GX 470 which is an SUV but think I should sell that and find a more economical car for me to be able to tow behind if needs be.
To conclude I have done quite of bit of research on what type of engines these buses have and ect.....So I guess to answer your question again by saying it comes down to what I think would work best.
What I don't know is what exactly should I get, which could just be a matter of opionion as well. I have a fridge, stove, all the flooring, some cabinets, I have butcher block counter tops as well as enough materials on hand to be able to construct something relatively quickly to bring it to a degree of comfort while I master mind the heck out of it as I go. I think getting the bus first then start to really plan it out how I want it to be. I will do all the work my self (hopefully!).
Sorry I am not sure I kept my promise as to making this short and to the point!
Look forward to your response!